MINNEAPOLIS — James Sewell Ballet (JSB) pulls from its repertoire treasure chest, as well as dreams up new, exciting collaborations to celebrate its 22nd season.
FALL SEASON: James Sewell’s New Moves features original music by Minneapolis composer Steven Rydberg and the Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble. The famed pas de deux from the 19th century ballet Le Corsaire lights up the stage with show-stopping ballet pyrotechnics and JSB revisits the spooky GraveMatters. Finally, NYC choreographer, Joanna Kotze’s The rest of everything receives its well-deserved main stage premiere. JSB’s fall season is created in partnership with The Schubert Club.
FAMILY ROGRAM: Saturday, October 24th, 11:00 a.m. – There will be both tricks and treats at the ballet this fall. Dust off your best costume and join us for the annual JSB Halloween Parade! Also on this program are excerpts from Grave Matters and New Moves.
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HOLIDAY SHOW: December 4-20— JSB rings in the holidays with Myron Johnson’s off-kilter Nutcracker (not so) Suite, a coming-of-age tale much closer to E.T.A. Hoffman’s original, grittier story than the Sugar Plum Fairy version many of us know today. Johnson’s highly inventive and irreverent production is set in the 60’s, beginning on the Upper-East-Side and careening into a beatnik downtown vibe with a life-size Barbie doll. The production is full of colorful characters, all accompanied by a musical mash-up of hip-hop, R&B, contemporary tracks, and Christmas carols. Sewell’s invitation to collaborate with Johnson (who was James’ first dance teacher) gives this Twin Cities Dolls’ holiday tradition a new twist for its first JSB Season at The Cowles Center. For a somewhat racier version, choose Naughty Nutcracker on Friday, December 11 or Saturday December 19.
WINTER SEASON: February 19-28— JSB’s annual choreographic laboratory puts the audience at the heart of the creative process. For this year’s program, JSB dancer Eve Schulte explores her choreographic chops along with local choreographer Christine Maginnis. Special guest Belinda McGuire— a New York City choreographer and Juilliard alumnus — brings her raw and compelling movement vocabulary to the TEK BOX showings.
SPRING SEASON: April 22-May 1— JSB’s spring show kicks off with Sewell’s Band It, set to the driving rhythms of American band music. The performances also include Nashville Ballet Artistic Director, Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, and a reprisal of Sewell’s playful Chopin Studies with live accompaniment by the wonderful pianist, Tadeusz Majewski. Band It has been commissioned by the Wenger Foundation.
Season subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale October 1, 2015. For more information, visit JSBallet.org/15-16-season. In addition to its main productions, JSB continues to offer family-friendly performances. House lights remain partially lit during these 60-minute performances that invite all ages to engage with dance. For more information, visit JSBallet.org/15-16-season.
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